Stop TB Partnership begins mission on mobilizing resources to end the disease in Nigeria

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Stop TB Partnership Geneva and Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, in collaboration with other stakeholders, are embarking on a high-level mission on mobilizing domestic resources to end tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

In a statement on Monday, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria Executive Secretary Mayowa Joel said it will help the country end TB by 2030.

Nigeria currently suffers from a 69% funding gap for TB control.

The statement reads in part as follows: “Of the $373 million needed for the TB response in Nigeria in 2020, only 31% was available to all TB implementers (7% national funds and 24% donor funds).

“It is very clear that with such a financial gap, it is impossible to achieve our objective.”

The mission, which will take place from Monday August 22 to Friday August 26, 2022, is led by Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership Geneva, and also includes Austin Obiefuna, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Stop TB Partnership Geneva, and other key figures at global and national levels, including Patrons, Executive Committee and Board Members of Stop TB Partnership Nigeria; National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) and private sector representatives.

The statement explained that during the mission there would be an opportunity to meet with policy makers and senior officials at the federal and state levels, private sector actors and other stakeholders to discuss challenges and recommendations to implement end TB in Nigeria, particularly on how to mobilize additional resources through the corporate sector and philanthropists.

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